TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “American Country Awards,” 8-10 p.m.,
This is the fourth year for the show, which has had
super-sized stars. Trace Adkins, 6-foot-6, hosts each one (this time with
race-car driver Danica Patrick); Toby Keith, 6-3, won the only Video Visionary
Now Brad Paisley will get that award and will perform.
Darius Rucker and Sheryl Crow will do a duet; other performers include Lady
Antebellum, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler and Florida Georgia Line … which is one
of the leaders. It has seven nominations, tied with Blake Shelton and one
behind Taylor Swift. Those three are all up for artist of the year, along with
Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Trophy Wife,” 9:31 p.m., ABC.
Here’s the Christmas-TV equivalent to the movie “The Hangover””:
The grown-ups wake up on Christmas morning with their world
askew. The toys are missing, the tree is burning and an important work document
has been turned into artificial snow. Also, eyebrows have been clipped and
there seems to be a wolf ion the house.
Surprisingly, there are logical explanations for this that
leave no one particularly at fault. The result is bright, bizarre and
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Sons of Anarchy” season-finale, 10-11:52
A terrific season ends with a double-wide (almost) episode
that has everything at stake. Jax killed his step-dad Clay, while trying to cut
a deal and get the biker club out of gun-running. But that was soon complicated
by fresh violence and by his estranged wife’s own deal.
When this expanded episode ends, FX viewers can see the
first eight minutes of the “Anarchy Afterward” talk show; the rest of that hour
is at www.anarchyafterward.com.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: Music, everywhere.
On a night when they’re up for awards on Fox, Blake Shelton
and Taylor Swift show up elsewhere. He’s on “The Voice” (9 p.m., NBC), which is
trimming for next week’s finale. And she’s singing on “Victoria’s Secret
Fashion Show” (10 p.m., CBS); Fall Out Boy also performs.
There’s more. The CW has diva night, rerunning the “iHeart
Radio” specials for Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. And on the audio-only side, Music
Choice (on many cable system) counts down the year’s 100 fan-favorites, from 6
p.m. to midnight Tuesdays and Sundays. Bruno Mars and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
lead with three songs apiece, in a year that has seen newcomers (Lorde, Imagine
Dragons, Kendrick Lamar) and country crossover.
“Agents of SHIELD,” 8 p.m., ABC. There’s a cliffhanger-ending
tonight, ABC warns us, as Coulson brings back super-soldier Mike Peterson to
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. As the new staffer (Emily Wickersham)
adjusts to the team, there’s a murder case linked to the boyfriend of Gibbs’
ex-wife (Melinda McGraw).
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. A suspected Romanian war
criminal has been living in Los Angeles for 20 years, under an assumed name.
“The Goldbergs,” 9:01 p.m., ABC. The school talent show
brings crises, including a debate over whether karate is a talent.
“Chicago Fire,” 10 p.m., NBC. As the closing of their
firehouse nears, the team faces a demanding apartment-building blaze. Also,
Dawson gets life-changing news and the union president makes headlines.